The nearest challengers to PSG for the Ligue 1 title are in action on Wednesday night, as Rennes play host to the reigning French champions Lille. A win could close the gap on the league leaders to nine points, but realistically, they will be aiming for a top three finish this term.
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Rennes may be the nearest challengers to PSG for the league title this season, but their main aim will be finishing in the top three and assuring a spot in the Champions League next season. They currently have a narrow two-point advantage over Marseille in that battle, which means that they could slip out of the top three if results go against them in this midweek round of fixtures.
Rennes have shown excellent form in their last five games, as they have the joint-best record over this run of fixtures. They have won four of the five games that they have played in France, which includes a run of three straight victories coming into this home game against the champions. Rennes looked assured once again in their last fixture, as they beat Lorient 2-0 away from home. Gaetan Laborde and Jeremy Doku both scored in the final 15 minutes of that win.
It hasn’t been the season that many Lille fans would have been hoping for this term, as their standard has dropped right off from the team that won the Ligue 1 title last season. They are down in 13th as we approach the midway stage of the season, as they have won just four times this term.
Some may be concerned that they could get dragged into the relegation battle this term, as they are just five points above the drop zone coming into this congested period of the season. Their form has also been very weak, as they are without a win in five.
Rennes vs Lille Head to Head
Lille have an unbeaten record against Rennes, as they haven’t lost in four games against their opponents this week. They have won two times during that run, which includes their 1-0 win away from home last season. Rennes last won this fixture in May 2019, as they claimed a 3-1 victory.
Rennes vs Lille Prediction
Lille’s form is too poor to deserve support for this fixture on Wednesday, which means that a bet on the in-form Rennes looks to be the way to go this week in Ligue 1.
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